HAWKS RETURN HOME TO FACE COPPIN STATE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEKEND
Brandon Schott hit .500 with five runs and four RBI against Coppin State last weekend.
Brandon Schott hit .500 with five runs and four RBI against Coppin State last weekend.

April 5, 2012

Game Notes - Coppin State @ UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A week after UMES swept Coppin State in Glen Burnie, the two schools will face off for a second straight weekend, this time at Hawks Stadium. The conference series will begin with a Friday game at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.

UMES has won its last four conference games, including the last three against Coppin State. The Hawks come in with a 4-5 conference tally and 5-23 overall record. The Eagles are still looking for their first win of the season, standing 0-5 in the MEAC and 0-26 overall.

JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.

WITTE NAMED MEAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
After nearly making UMES history with a one-hit complete game victory over Coppin State, Tyler Witte was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Witte pitched all seven innings in the win over the Eagles, striking out nine and not allowing a hit in the first five frames. It is the first weekly award for Witte in his UMES career and the first one for UMES this season.

 

 

JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.

HAWKS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES is selected to finish third in the newly-formed MEAC Northern Division, receiving 143 points. Delaware State is picked to take first with 192 points, just ahead of Norfolk State in second at 184 points. The Hawks are predicted to finish ahead of Coppin State, chosen to get fourth with 129 points. Bethune-Cookman, the reigning conference champion, is predicted to win the MEAC and the MEAC Southern Division.

The divisions were formed this season after the addition of North Carolina Central and Savannah State to the MEAC. Teams will only play conference games against division opponents.

LAST TIME: UMES FALLS TO WILLIAM & MARY
UMES had its three-game winning streak snapped in Williamsburg on Tuesday as the Hawks were defeated by William & Mary 18-3. Alex Welch held the Tribe to just two hits in the first three innings, but William & Mary scored multiple runs in the final five innings and were powered by Jason Inghram striking out 11 batters in his seven-inning start.

Jeffrey Fleetwood hit his second home run of the season with a two-run blast in the seventh inning. Byron Campbell increased his hit streak to seven games with an RBI single in the third, and Malik Wylie went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
Third baseman James Newsome, who is one of only two Hawks to start in all 28 games this season, leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a team-high .294 average, seven doubles, two home runs, seven hit-by-pitches and a .441 slugging percentage. In his last seven games, Newsome is hitting .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs and six runs scored.

TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games, with five multi-hit games in that span. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .333 (20-for-60), scoring 10 runs plus stealing five bases. In addition, he has started 26 games in center field and has not committed an error, earning four outfield assists.

SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 10 combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 33 innings with just 12 earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 3.27. He earned his fi rst win of the year on Sunday against Coppin State with 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run with three strikeouts. He currently has the team's lowest ERA at 4.50.

LORD BYRON
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 21 games, a team best this season, hitting safely in 18 of those contests including a current seven-game hitting streak. In those 21 games, Campbell is hitting .312 (24-for-77) with an on-base percentage of .384, including seven walks and two hit-by-pitches.

2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Coppin State is one of two Division I schools to be winless at this point in the season, the other being Chicago State. The Eagles, a team with 16 freshmen on a 21-man roster, are coming off a 5-0 loss to Navy in Annapolis.

On the hitting side, Coppin State is batting .198. Freshman catcher Alex Brown, the only player on the squad that has started all 26 games, leads the team with a .277 average, five doubles and 10 RBI. Also having five doubles is freshman center fielder John Walls, sporting a .208 average and 10 runs scored. Mike Wright, the freshman left fielder, stands with a .263 average and six RBI.

The Eagles pitching staff has an ERA of 8.36 coming into the weekend. Freshman right-hander Ben Jarboe is the ace of the staff, standing at 0-8 in eight starts with a 6.59 ERA in 42.1 innings thrown. Throwing six innings with just two runs allowed against UMES on Saturday, freshman righty Madison Neddo is 0-5 with a 10.80 ERA in 11 appearances, including seven starts. Chris Vazquez and Michael Roberts, two freshmen right-handers, led the bullpen with ERAs of 3.38 and 3.86 respectively.

BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has four three-hit games for UMES. Only one other Hawk, Tre-Von Johnson, has more than one such game. He is currently hitting .272 after going 6-for-12 with five runs against Coppin State.

FLEETWOOD ON FIRE
Earning nine RBI combined in his last five games, also scoring six runs in that stretch, Jeffrey Fleetwood leads UMES with 14 RBI on the season. The lefty-batting first baseman is tied for the team lead in home runs with two and is third with a .354 slugging percentage. He is currently on a five-game hitting streak, batting .350 (7-for-20) with a two-run home run and a triple in that span.

UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station based out of Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.

RELY ON THE OLD LINE STATE.....
UMES has 12 players on the roster from the home state of Maryland, including four players from the Eastern Shore. Three players, Dylan Bell, Devin Repine and Zach Townsend hail from the nearby city of Salisbury, while Tre-Von Johnson comes from East New Market.

.....OR ON THE FIRST STATE
Six players from the state of Delaware have come down south to suit up for the Maroon and Grey. Three players hail from Delmar High School in lower Delaware: Nick Cooper, Jeffrey Fleetwood and Thomas Grey.